Associate Professor of Chemistry
Areas of Expertise: Synthetic organic chemistry
I chose to work in organic chemistry because it is a hands-on science with a very creative side. I have always been interested in creating new things and in the scientific process through which matter gets transformed. In this respect, there is some artistic dimension about organic chemistry which has always appealed to me. And of course, I chose it because it is fun!!! New colors, new smells, compounds that glow in the dark… Who’s never dreamed of becoming a magician?
My current research interests include: 1) Synthesis of DNA-Mitomycin C adducts. Mitomycin C (MC) is an anti-cancer agent. We are interested in synthesizing various DNA adducts of mitomycin C, and also adducts of an MC derivative: decarbamoyl mitomycin C (DMC). Both adducts have been shown to trigger cell death via different pathways. 2) Analysis of drugs of abuse by NMR spectroscopy to detect the presence of drugs of abuse in human urine or in beverages using water suppression techniques. 3) Synthesis of molecular sensors. We are interested in developing systems
of the donor—acceptor kind which can be used to detect the presence of fluoride anions or mercury and glow in the dark at the same time!